Unique Board Books for Babies: Creating a More Diverse Bookshelf

Baby sitting on a blanket in the grass reading Will Ladybug Hug?

Building your baby’s first library goes well beyond numbers, colors and shapes. Today’s perfect baby library is forward thinking, inclusive, and diverse, but knowing where to start can be overwhelming. So where does one go to find this utopia of diverse and unique board books, perfect for your worldly little baby?

Enter Little Feminist.

Little Feminist is a monthly subscription book club that finds the best diverse, age appropriate children’s books, and delivers them to your door.  

Each book helps open up discussions and introduce important topics like race, skin color, gender identity, and even bullying. What’s more, every box includes discussion materials and an activity to help fully understand the lesson.

Building Baby’s First Library – Unique and Diverse Board Books

Because it’s hard to know where to start in building your child’s library, I asked Little Feminist to curate a list of baby books to help us raise good humans. 

Here are 7 hard to find, but oh-so important books for building baby’s first library:

stack of diverse board books

Books Celebrating All Bodies 

Cover of board book Lovely as example of addition to baby's first library

Lovely

With just a few words on each page (like ‘black,’ ‘white,’ ‘fancy,’ ‘sporty’) this unique book powerfully proves how every single one of us is lovely to our core. We love how stunning AND surprising the illustrations are. [note: this one is not out as a board book yet.] Buy it here.
Runner up: Brontorina

Books with Faiths Beyond Christianity

Cover of board book Hats of Faith as example of unique board book to help build baby's first library

Hats of Faith

Ever been curious about all the different kinds of religious head coverings out there? Well, this beautiful guide was made for you…and your baby! DISCLAIMER: Religious head coverings are NOT hats. Use this misnomer in the title to talk about the difference with your kiddos! Buy it here.
Runner up: Blue is the Proudest Color

Books About Consent

Cover of board book Will Ladybug Hug?

Will Ladybug Hug?

Each page shows Ladybug asking for consent before hugging. This is hands down the best book for teaching boundaries, plus kids can’t get enough of the story. Not convinced? Watch 9-month-old Floyd practice consent with his mama. If you want to check it out, you can find it here.
Runner-up: C is for Consent

Books Featuring All Genders & Family Structures

Cover of board book We Are Little Feminists Families

We Are Little Feminists: Families

With photos of real families and rhyming text, this board book showcases different families with one thing in common: love. Full disclosure: we actually published this book ourselves so that at least ONE board book celebrated diverse family structures! You can buy it here.
Runner-up: Neither

Books Celebrating (and by) Indigenous Peoples 

Cover of baby book May We Have Enough to Share as example of diverse board book

May We Have Enough to Share

We were ecstatic when we found this board book – filled with indigenous family photos taken by indigenous womxn photographers. The lyrical text will have you tearing up and your little ones will love looking at so many baby faces. Buy it here for a sweet addition to baby’s first library.
Runner up: My Heart Fills with Happiness

Books Breaking Gender Stereotypes

Cover of baby book Clive and His Babies

Clive and His Babies

To be honest, we’re afraid to tell you about this book because then it won’t be one of our best kept secrets anymore. Young Clive’s love for his babies (baby dolls, that is) delights every human that reads this story. This one is a must add when you’re building baby’s first library. You can find it here.
Runner up: Calling Dr. Zaza

Books Showcasing All Abilities

Cover of We Are Little Feminists On the Go as example of diverse books for building baby's first library

We Are Little Feminists: On-the-Go

Where are all the books featuring characters with disabilities as more than someone to pity or save? We have NO idea! So we published this book to feature as many kids with disabilities as possible moving in all sorts of ways. Buy it here.
Runner up: Mama Zooms

There you have it!

Our favorite 7 books to help you build baby’s first library, in the 7 categories that are most overlooked and underserved by the children’s book industry.

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